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RIBA Practice Clinic: Sustainability - heritage buildings

Calling all sole practitioners and architects working in small practices. We’ve developed a series of interactive online events to provide a forum to discuss issues and problems that practices are facing as they navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency.

For this session, we will focus on how to achieve sustainability in heritage buildings, how to retrofit hard to treat buildings, and how to meet the RIBA 2030 Challenge.

Meet the panellists

Sarah Khan - Partner, Roger Mears Architects

Sarah Khan is a Partner at Roger Mears Architects. The practice’s core work is with traditional buildings of all types, including period properties, with many projects having won awards. Sarah is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) as well as a RIBA accredited Specialist Conservation Architect. She is also a RIBA conservation group panel member. She is currently leading the practice’s research into sustainable upgrading of historic buildings.

Dr Robyn Pender - Senior Building Conservation Advisor, Historic England

Dr Robyn Pender works on the Building Conservation Climate Change Adaptation Team at Historic England, as a Senior Building Conservation Advisor. Her special expertise is in the physics behind building performance. Part of the team that pulled together Historic England's Practical Building Conservation books, Robyn was lead for the Building Environment, Metals, and Glass & Glazing volumes, and retains a strong interest in the behaviour of modern as well as traditional construction.

Jess Hrivnak - Sustainable Development Adviser, RIBA

More speakers to be confirmed.

This session is interactive. If you have a question for the panellists please submit five days before the event to

Please note this event will be recorded.